Making his way in world
TAKING a sickie was never an option for Bruce “Merv” Burt in his 32 years on the job.
It was a one-man show at Timber Grove Discounts, backed only by his wife Heather who “did the books” at night.
“I started the business and closed the business,” Merv said this week after shutting up shop for the last time on Friday, November 13.
Merv had been working for a Maryborough joinery business when in November 1978, aged 28, he decided to make his own way in the business world.
The vacant block of land on the corner of Ellena Street and Richmond Lane beckoned and the brick building he built on it was to become his workplace for more than 30 years.
Merv specialised in high quality timber, plywood, glass cutting, doors, windows, shower screens and more.
“I think I must have shower-screened Maryborough,” he laughed.
The business operated five-and-a-half days a week and closed for four weeks each Christmas. Thankfully Merv enjoyed good health and never had to take a sick day.
Merv said he and Heather decided about three months ago it was time to retire.
“People who came in as kids were grown up and bringing their kids in ... I was starting to worry,” he joked. Merv and Heather closed the business and auctioned the building on Friday. When their home sells, they will move closer to family on the Sunshine Coast.
“We’d really like to thank the people of Maryborough – builders, cabinet makers, handymen, mums, etc – who supported us throughout the years,” Merv said.